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Corel Introduces Ulead VideoStudio 11

Newest release delivers next-generation video editing, authoring and sharing features.

Corel announced the availability of Ulead VideoStudio 11 and Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus, the newest versions of its consumer video editing and DVD authoring software.

VideoStudio now includes a AVCHD editing solution, enhanced DV-to-DVD Wizard and Movie Wizard features, more title/subtitle and overlay tools and a host of quick-fix solutions for common video problems, including automatic color/tone correction. The new Plus version is a solution for capturing, editing, authoring and burning HD DVD videos.

Ulead VideoStudio 11 is an all-in-one solution for producing professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs with Dolby Digital sound.

Features that set VideoStudio 11 apart from the competition include the new MPEG Optimizer. The MPEG Optimizer helps users choose the best MPEG settings for rendering video when combining clips in multiple formats. It analyzes the bitrates of all clips on the timeline and suggests encoding settings to ensure the least re-rendering for the best quality and speed.

Also unique to its product category, the Plus version of VideoStudio includes Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator Technology. This solution easily converts 2 channel stereo sound to Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, and then further enhances that sound to take advantage of home theater systems. Competing products offering 5.1 support require users to purchase a plug-in.

VideoStudio 11 supports all popular formats, including standard and high-definition video, images and audio. Video can be captured from virtually any video source: DV camcorders (including HDV and AVCHD camcorders), hard drive camcorders (MOD file format), USB camcorder devices, mobile phones, set-top DVD recorders, digital and analog TV tuners, VCRs and Webcams.

A DV-to-DVD Wizard offers an easy way to convert DV from camcorder to a DVD. In fact, VideoStudio includes complete DVD authoring functionality, enabling users to create both DVDs and HD-DVDs with multimedia menus in just a few clicks. The more advanced user is provided with the ability to customize and create powerful DVD menus that include Corel?s SmartScene technology, bringing true interactivity to DVD menus.

With the new, advanced templates in the Movie Wizard, users can now create their own Hollywood-style openings using their personal video clips in multiple animated frames. And with the expanded sharing options, VideoStudio users can now share their videos on-the-go with a Microsoft Zune as well as the leading smartphones and other popular mobile devices. VideoStudio Plus customers also have support for the Apple iPod, Sony PSP, YouTube and Nokia mobile phones.

Based on new image correction algorithms, the new Auto Color & Tone feature auto-corrects the color and tone of videos recorded in low light or less-than-perfect white balance conditions. A DeBlock Filter has been added to clean up videos with blocky compression artifacts, such as those downloaded from the Web. A new DeSnow Filter reduces noise found in video digitized from analog sources, such as VHS tapes.

Ulead VideoStudio 11 also provides Overlay Video Tools for combining transparency with mask or chroma key effects and for cropping the results on-screen to remove any unwanted elements. The new Preview Window for Overlays shows the original overlay image, making it easier to adjust chroma key settings. With the Plus version?s new Expanded Timeline, users who work on projects with more than one overlay will also benefit from being able to view multiple overlay tracks and audio tracks without having to scroll.

In addition to offering all of the features included in the standard version, Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus allows users to import high-definition video from hard drive and disc-based AVCHD camcorders and can edit HD in real time without proxies on high-spec systems. Using Corel?s PureHD technology, HD content can be edited in real time as easily as DV. Or, for fast and easy HD video creation, the Movie Wizard can be used to capture, edit and output full-resolution HD movies with immersive Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Authored projects or folders can be burned to HD DVD-R/RW or even standard DVD discs. VideoStudio 11 Plus includes InterVideo WinDVD 8 Silver, the first universal playback software to achieve AVCHD certification.

Ulead VideoStudio 11 Standard and Plus editions are available today from www.corel.com and www.ulead.com. The product will be available at major resellers and retailers in North America beginning in May 2007. Suggested retail pricing is $89.99 USD for the standard version and $129.99 USD for the Plus version. Upgrade pricing is also available for registered users of previous versions.

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